A piece of uplifting news as a little girl Diana Galleno had her life changed by medicine. The five-year-old spent all of her life attached to a vacuum-cleaner-like a ventilator that helped her breathe, as she suffers from a congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) – a rare condition that affects the autonomic nervous system which controls breathing.
The 15lb ventilator that helped her breathe was attached to her since she was just one week old, and greatly limited her movement, although she battled through it like a champ.
Diana’s parents took her from Lima, Peru to the United States for a six-hour-long surgery to insert a pacer that now helps her breathe independently. The procedure was done at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Before, Diana’s parents tried to help her daughter lead the most normal life possible, so they would even help her on slides, but she always had a burden in the form of a ventilator. She often needed help to move from one place to another due to the bulky helping device. Now, she can do pretty much everything.
“As a mum it’s amazing to watch her do the things she never could,” said Diana’s mother.
Score one for medicinal science.